Cuts for Cats


Toby CrosbyIt’s a win-win: you’ll have a new look, and cats on Hilton Head Island will benefit as well. The fifth annual cut-a-thon fundraiser at Tara of Hilton Head Salon will be Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. One hundred percent of the money raised will be given to the Hilton Head Humane Association’s feral cat program.

In addition, Hilton Head Humane Association will showcase some adoptable cats and conduct raffles and a silent auction at the salon. Co-sponsor Hilton Head Ice Cream will host games and give away prizes. The ice cream shop also donates to the HHHA feral cat program all proceeds earned during event hours.

The cut-a-thon fundraiser raised $18,000 last year, and a goal of $20,000 has been set for 2017.

In 2016, more than 1,500 feral cats were spayed or neutered as part of this program.

Managing the feral population is a top goal of the program. Feral cats in the Lowcountry have a notch in their right ear if they have been spayed or neutered. If you see cats in the area without a notched ear, please contact the Hilton Head Humane Association at (843) 681-8686 or Beaufort County Animal Services at (843) 255-5010.

To better feed and care for these cats, the Hilton Head Humane Association asks that area restaurants offer feral cats food in return for the superb rodent control that they provide.

The TARA Salon of Hilton Head is located at: 55 New Orleans Road; Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. Tel. (843) 843-4911.

The Hilton Head Humane Association is located at: 10 Humane Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. Tel. (843) 681-8686.